Stadium 974 will now be dismantled and will no longer be used at the World Cup in Qatar
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Stadium 974 will be dismantled and no longer be used in the World Cup in Qatar.
Following Brazil and South Korea’s round of 16 match, the stadium in the Ras Abu Aboud region of Doha, which is made from 974 recyclable shipping containers and steel, will be reused after the World Cup.
The final match hosted at the venue was between South Korea and Brazil and now it's all set for deconstruction, according to Arabian Business.
The stadium is named ‘974’ as it is the exact number of shipping containers used to build the venue while also being the Gulf country’s international dialling code.
According to FIFA, the arena is it's first-ever stadium that can be fully dismantled and re-purposed post-event.
Speaking about its unique structure, the official Qatar 2022 page on the stadium reads: "This unique venue pays tribute to Qatar’s long-standing tradition of worldwide trade and seafaring. Not only is 974 the international dialling code for Qatar, but it is also the exact number of shipping containers used in construction.
"Situated in the portside area and in sight of Doha’s coastal cityscape, fans at Stadium 974 will feel the cool breeze as it rolls in from the Arabian Gulf."
But if you saw fans looking a little more sweaty than usual, it's due to the arena's seating plan, which avoids air conditioning as the stadium is naturally ventilated.
Additionally, the stadium's water efficiency methods ensure it reduces water use by 40 per cent compared to a conventional stadium development.
Impressively, the venue received a five-star rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) for its design and construction.
Urban sustainability and climate expert, who worked as a consultant for the tournament, Karim Elgendy, praised the arena for its forward-thinking design.
"Designing for disassembly is one of the main principles of sustainable building," he said, as per VOA News.
"It allows for the natural restoration of a building site or its reuse for another function.”
The outlet reported the stadium would be dismantled and shipped to other countries in need of infrastructure.
However, there are other reports that the stadium will be used in Maldonado, Uruguay, to host the 2030 World Cup if the country's bid to host is successful.
While the stadium’s approach to sustainability has been well received, Qatar has come under fire for its treatment of migrant workers who built hotels, stadiums, and the surrounding infrastructure for the World Cup.
The Guardian reported that over 6,500 workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had died while building the tournament in the past decade.